The state discriminates between the large and small defense industries in granting permits to go abroad, the representatives of 25 small defense industries claimed in a hearing held today in the Tel Aviv District Court. On Sunday.
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During the hearing, it turned out that while the Exceptions Committee rejected the small industry’s requests to leave the country, an NSO flight with about 20 employees left for the Gulf this week, and on Sunday a similar number of IAI personnel left for the Emirates. Sheila Adler, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Transportation and who serves as chair of the Exceptions Committee, attended the discussion by phone and said that the committee did not approve the flight of NSO personnel to the Gulf, and that according to the criteria there is no permit for business flights. NSO and IAI say that these are teams that will not come to the show, but continue to other customers, on flights departing from the UAE.
The petition was filed in the District Court on Saturday as a criminal court, and Judge Tamar Avrahami decided to leave the petition open until Sunday, to allow petitioners to provide additional evidence for their claims.
“Our absence from the exhibition is a great damage, we are already receiving messages from potential customers in the Gulf who see this as a lack of trust in the Emirates’ treatment in Corona,” one of those present at the hearing told Calcalist. “Failure to arrive is seen as an unprofessional decision, and will have a price in future security ties with the Gulf states.”
The petition is signed, among others, by Tomer Avnon, CEO and founder of the Avnon Group, Eitan Zeit, CEO of IMCO Industries. Petitioners argue that the presence of the industries in the IDEX exhibition is important for the advancement of the interests of the state and of the industries themselves. They further allege that the Exceptions Committee which refused to approve the travel of their men did not justify the refusal, and approved other requests for travel abroad submitted to it.
Tuya Halevi, the organizer of the Israeli pavilion at the Gulf Food exhibition in Dubai, is also a partner in the petition, to which exhibitors from Israel were also barred.
The petitioners are represented by attorneys Tommy Manor, Tal Gandelman and Gal Chechik of Nashitz Brands Amir, with the assistance of Adv. Sharon Tzafoni, the director of the Gulf desk at the firm.
As revealed in “Calcalist”, the three major defense industries, IAI, Elbit and Rafael, will still be exhibiting at the show using equipment sent to it ahead of time. Some, like Elbit, for example, will divert their crews to the show, who are usually stationed in the US, or flew to the show in India two weeks ago, on a flight that received last-minute approval from the Prime Minister’s Office, but have not yet returned to Israel. Will not be able to exhibit at the show.
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